HSHP Annual Awards 2014

HSHP Annual Awards 2014

The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance honored students for their outstanding academic and professional achievement this year during a ceremony and reception held May 14. To learn more about this year's award winners, click on their pictures below. 

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Kendra L. BurstKendra L. Burst
Cecelia Shimer Memorial Graduate Award

I grew up in Springfield, New York, a town with one stop light and neighbors that are miles away. In 2008, I came to Ithaca College with the decided major of speech-language pathology, knowing very little about the profession itself. I knew I wanted a major that satisfied my interests, highlighted my strengths, and let’s be honest, brought in a nice paycheck. I couldn’t have made a better decision. Through coursework and clinical experiences, I discovered a passion for helping clients with communication difficulties. In the fall of 2012, I returned to obtain my master’s degree and have since had the opportunity to receive hands-on experience at the Children’s Hospital of Virginia and I love it! 

When I look back at the six years I spent at Ithaca College, traveling to the southern and coastal Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao for a week-long study abroad program with fellow PT, OT, and SLP students, makes the top of the list. My short immersion and introduction to the healthcare systems on these islands gave me an amazing cross-cultural perspective with regard to their delivery and rehabilitation services. While this experience was one of the best, it was surrounded with many great opportunities I am incredibly thankful for. 

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights 

  • Dean’s List; cum laude
  • Graduate Assistantship recipient
  • Flora Brown Award
  • Clark Foundation Scholarship
  • Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
  • Freshman Award and Sophomore Award
  • Health Care & Culture Cruise: International and Interdisciplinary Field Experience
  • Presenter at New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) convention
  • Internships: Springbrook School for Children with Developmental Disabilities and Children’s Hospital of Richmond 

This award is given in memory of Cecelia Shimer and is awarded to a graduate student in Speech- Language Pathology who has demonstrated academic excellence and contributions to the profession.

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